How will I feel during week 30 of my pregnancy?

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At 30 weeks there is often a sense of excitement that the birth is nearing, but the woman also experiences a number of symptoms related to the pregnancy hormones and the increasing size of the fetus. These symptoms include:

  • Stronger fetal activity: The fetus is moving throughout the day. Sometimes the movement is a strong punch or kick and other times it is a wiggle or stretch. Fetal activity often increases after meals or when the woman is relaxing or lying down.
  • Flatulence: The growing uterus places pressure on the rectum which can lead to uncontrollable passing of gas.
  • Constipation: The growing uterus and pressure on the intestine can slow bowel function resulting in constipation.
  • Bleeding gums: The pregnancy hormones and increased blood flow can result in gums that are swollen, inflamed, and even bleeding.
  • Stretch marks: As the skin stretches to accommodate the growing uterus, pink or red streaks known as stretch marks become visible.
  • Mild swelling of ankles and feet: The presence of swollen or puffy ankles and feet are a result of the increased pressure in the abdominal area.
  • Fatigue: The growing fetus is putting more demands on the woman’s body, and interrupted sleep may result in increased levels of fatigue.
You will start to feel more changes as your baby grows. You might be feeling a lot of heartburn now as the muscle that stops acid from moving up your esophagus weakens. This will add to your sleeping problems, and fatigue is a common problem. You could also be feeling more emotional than before as your discomfort heightens and hormones levels are changing.

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